2017–18 FC Barcelona season

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Barcelona
2017–18 season
PresidentJosep Maria Bartomeu
ManagerErnesto Valverde
StadiumCamp Nou
La LigaWinners
Copa del ReyWinners
Supercopa de EspañaRunners-up
UEFA Champions LeagueQuarter-finals
Top goalscorerLeague:
Lionel Messi (34)

All:
Lionel Messi (45)
Highest home attendance97,939 vs Real Madrid
(6 May 2018)
Lowest home attendance0 vs Las Palmas
(1 October 2017)[note 1]
48,336 vs Sporting CP
(5 December 2017)
Average home league attendance69,256[note 2]
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2017–18 season was Football Club Barcelona's 118th in existence and the club's 87th consecutive season in the top flight of Spanish football.

Season overview[edit]

May[edit]

On 29 May, the club announced Ernesto Valverde would be the new Barcelona coach following the departure of Luis Enrique at the end of the previous season.[2]

On 29 May, Barcelona and goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen negotiated a five-year contract extension lasting until 30 June 2022.[3]

June[edit]

On 14 June, Fluminense centre-back Marlon Santos signed a three-year contract.[4]

On 30 June, goalkeeper Jordi Masip's contract expired; he was not resigned and was therefore released.

On 30 June, the club activated a buyback clause for Everton's Gerard Deulofeu.[5]

On 30 June, the club announced they have reached an agreement with Real Betis for the transfer of Cristian Tello for €4 million.[6]

July[edit]

On 7 July, Barcelona and Jérémy Mathieu agreed to mutually terminate the defender's contract. Mathieu subsequently joined Portuguese club Sporting CP on a free transfer.[7]

On 13 July, Barcelona and Benfica reached an agreement for the transfer of right-back Nélson Semedo for €30 million.[8]

On 21 July, Barcelona defeated Juventus 2–1 in a pre-season friendly. Neymar notched two impeccable first-half goals as the Catalans rolled past the Italian champions before 82,104 fans at a sold-out MetLife Stadium in the 2017 International Champions Cup. Giorgio Chiellini pulled one back for Juventus in the 63rd minute, not enough to keep the Ernesto Valverde era from beginning with a convincing win.[9]

On 26 July, Barcelona won 1–0 against Manchester United in a pre-season friendly. Neymar scored in the 31st minute.[10]

On 29 July, Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 3–2 in their final match of the U.S. tour, winning the United States edition of the 2017 International Champions Cup. Messi, Ivan Rakitić and Gerard Piqué each scored one goal.[11]

August[edit]

On 3 August, Barcelona confirmed the unilateral termination of Neymar's contract as Neymar's legal representatives paid his €222 million buyout clause. In turn, Barcelona announced a turnover of operation details to UEFA so as to allow UEFA to determine any disciplinary responsibilities that may arise.[12] Neymar subsequently joined Paris Saint-Germain on a five-year contract.[13]

On 4 August, Barcelona drew 1–1 with Gimnàstic in a pre-season friendly game in Tarragona. Manu Barreiro put the hosts ahead in the 11th minute only for Paco Alcácer to score the equalizer for the Blaugrana from a free-kick in the 79th minute.[14]

On 7 August, Barcelona defeated Chapecoense 5–0 in the 52nd edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy. Gerard Deulofeu, Sergio Busquets, Messi, Luis Suárez and Denis Suárez were the scorers for Barça; Messi and Deulofeu also assisted two goals each. Busquets was named the Man of the Match.[15]

On 13 August, Barcelona lost 1–3 to Real Madrid in the first leg of the 2017 Supercopa de España. The first half of the match ended goalless. Five minutes into the second half, Marcelo fired a cross that deflected off Piqué's foot, resulting in an own goal. In the 77th minute, Luis Suárez was brought down in the box by goalkeeper Keylor Navas, resulting in a penalty which was converted by Lionel Messi. Messi's hit marked his 25th goal in the fixture.[16] In the 80th minute, Real Madrid scored their second through a counterattack when Isco assisted Cristiano Ronaldo, who shot into the top right corner from the edge of the box. Ronaldo was booked for removing his shirt as part of his celebrations. Two minutes later, he was booked again for a dive in the penalty box, which resulted in a red card and a subsequent suspension for the second leg. Real's last goal was scored in the 90th minute in similar fashion to the second, when Marco Asensio shot into the top left corner following an assist from Lucas Vázquez.[17]

On 14 August, Barcelona announced they had reached an agreement with Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao for the transfer of Paulinho for €40 million. His release clause was set at €120 million.[18]

On 16 August, Barcelona lost 2–0 (agg. 1–5) to Real Madrid in the second leg of the 2017 Supercopa de España. The first goal of the match came quite early through a Real throw-in the fourth minute which resulted into getting the ball to Marco Asensio, who scored from long range. Nine minutes after the half-hour mark, Marcelo crossed in for Karim Benzema to control, who finished it with a half-volley into the net which was enough for the win for Real.[19]

On 20 August, Barcelona defeated Real Betis 2–0 in their first Liga match of the season, following an own goal from Alin Toșca and a second within three minutes by Sergi Roberto.[20]

On 24 August, Barcelona confirmed the transfer of Sergi Samper to Las Palmas on a season-long loan.[21]

On 25 August, Barcelona announced they had reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Ousmane Dembélé for €105 million plus add-ons. The player signed a five-year contract and his buyout clause was set at €400 million.[22]

On 26 August, Barcelona defeated Alavés 0–2 at Mendizorrotza. Messi scored both goals, although having a penalty saved by Pacheco. Paulinho made his debut for Barcelona.[23]

On 29 August, Nice and Barcelona reached an agreement for the loan of Marlon for two years, with a buy-back option for Barcelona after the first year.[24]

On 31 August, Barcelona and Benfica reached an agreement for the loan of Douglas until the end of the 2017–18 campaign.[25]

September[edit]

On 1 September, Barcelona and Alavés reached an agreement for the loan of Munir until the end of the 2017–18 campaign.[26]

On 5 September, midfielder Carles Aleñá signed a new contract, keeping him at the club for a further three years with an optional extra two years.[27]

On 9 September, Barcelona defeated Espanyol 5–0 in the Derbi barceloní. Messi scored a hat-trick while Piqué and Suárez topped off the scoring. Ousmane Dembélé made his debut, coming on as a substitute for Gerard Deulofeu in the 68th minute; he set Suárez up for the final goal.[28]

On 12 September, Barcelona beat Juventus 3–0 in their first game of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, following a brace by Messi and another goal by Rakitić.[29]

On 16 September, Barcelona defeated Getafe 1–2 in a hard-fought game at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. Shibasaki scored a stunning goal for Getafe in the first half while both of Barcelona's goals came in the second half from substitutes Denis Suárez and Paulinho, the latter of whom scored his maiden Barcelona goal.[30]

On 19 September, Barcelona defeated Eibar 6–1, with Messi scoring four and Paulinho and Denis Suárez getting the other goals. Eibar's only goal was scored by Sergi Enrich.[31]

On 23 September, Barcelona defeated Girona 0–3 in their first ever Catalan derby. Girona captain Aday and goalkeeper Iraizoz inadvertently steered the ball into their own net to give Barcelona a two-goal lead, before Luis Suárez topped off the scoring.[32]

On 27 September, Barcelona defeated Sporting Lisbon 0–1 on the 2nd matchday of the Champions League, at the Estádio José Alvalade. Barça were dependent on a lone own goal by Sebastián Coates.[33]

October[edit]

On 1 October, Barcelona defeated Las Palmas 3–0 in a game played behind closed doors at the Camp Nou, due to violence in Catalonia relating to an ongoing independence referendum. Sergio Busquets scored through a header, while Messi topped off the scoring with a brace.[34] Prior to the game, two directors, Jordi Monés and Carles Vilarrubí, handed in their resignations in protest to the game being played.[35]

On 3 October, Barcelona joined the country-wide strike called by ‘Taula per la Democràcia’ (Table for Democracy) and therefore the club offices remained closed. None of the professional teams nor the youth teams at FC Barcelona trained. The Tour Camp Nou Experience and the Museum as well as the OAB were also closed.[36]

On 6 October, midfielder Andrés Iniesta signed a lifetime contract with Barcelona, keeping him with the club for the remainder of his career.[37]

On 14 October, Barcelona were held by Atlético Madrid to a 1–1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano, which effectively ended their winning streak. Saúl scored early into the game to give Atlético the lead, but Luis Suárez saved Barça's day with a last-gasp header.[38]

On 18 October, Barcelona won against Olympiacos 3–1 at home. The Catalans maintained a perfect start thanks to an early own-goal, Messi's 100th European goal, and one from Digne, although the visitors did pull one back at the last minute. Barcelona had a goal ruled for offside and one deemed to have touched Piqué's hand and entered the net, resulting in his second yellow of the night, and his suspension for the return game.[39]

On 21 October, table-toppers Barcelona defeated winless Málaga 2–0 at home. Deulofeu controversially grabbed an early goal, while Iniesta added a second later in the final half.[40]

On 24 October, Barcelona defeated Real Murcia 3–0 in their Copa del Rey opener. Paco Alcácer scored a header just before the break, while Deulofeu scored in the second half and Barça B youngster José Arnaiz quickly added the third on his debut with the first team.[41]

On 28 October, Barcelona won against Athletic Bilbao 0–2 away at the Nuevo San Mamés. Goals from Messi and Paulinho split the teams in Bilbao to ensure the Catalans stay four points clear at the top of the Liga table.[42]

On 31 October, Barcelona were held by Olympiacos to a goal-less draw at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus.[43]

November[edit]

On 4 November, Barcelona defeated Sevilla at a rainy night at the Camp Nou. Paco Alcácer opened the scoring with a goal early in the game, while Pizarro headed in the equaliser in the second half, Alcácer netted his second and also the match deciding goal few minutes later.[44]

On 18 November, Barcelona won against Leganés 0–3 at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Suárez ended his 5-game goalless streak with two strikes from rebounds, while Paulinho added the final touch. Piqué received his 5th yellow card of the season, meaning he misses Barça's next match.[45]

On 22 November, Barcelona were held to a 0–0 draw against Juventus at the Allianz Stadium, thereby qualifying for the Round of 16 of the Champions League.[46]

On 25 November, Messi signed a new deal with Barcelona, keeping him with the club till the end of the 2020/21 season. His buyout clause was set at €700 million.[47]

On 26 November, Barcelona tied with Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium. A Messi shot was dropped into the goal by Neto, but was disallowed by the referee. In the second half, Rodrigo put Valencia in the lead, but Jordi Alba scored through a Messi assist in the dying minutes.[48]

On 29 November, Barcelona thrashed Real Murcia 5–0 (agg. 8–0) at the Camp Nou. Paco Alcácer, Piqué, Aleix Vidal, Denis Suárez and José Arnaiz, were the scorers.[49]

December[edit]

On 2 December, Barcelona were held to a 2–2 draw by Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou. Iago Aspas scored at the 20-minute mark, but Messi equalized within a few minutes. Luis Suárez put Barça in the lead in the second half, but again, the score was equalized by Maxi Gómez.[50]

On 5 December, Barcelona defeated Sporting Lisbon 2–0, with a goal from a Paco Alcácer header, and an own goal from ex-Barça player Jérémy Mathieu.[51]

On 10 December, Barcelona won against Villarreal 0–2 at Estadio de la Cerámica. Both goals came late into the game, with one each scored by Messi and Suárez. Villarreal's Raba got a direct red for a challenge on Sergio.[52] Messi's goal equalled the record in Europe's major leagues of the Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller with 525 goals with one club.[53]

On 17 December, Barcelona won against La Coruña 4-0, Suárez and Paulinho scored two goals each on a fabulous night for both.[54]

On 23 December, Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 0–3 at the Bernabéu. Suárez, Messi and Aleix Vidal each scored a goal that saw the Blaugrana head into the Christmas break 14 points clear of the defending champions.[55]

January[edit]

On 4 January, Barcelona were held to a 1–1 draw by Celta Vigo. A gripping cup first leg ended at Balaídos all square on the night that Ousmane Dembélé made his long-awaited return from injury.[56]

On 6 January, Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement with Liverpool for the transfer of Philippe Coutinho. The player signed a contract for the remainder of the season and five more, and has a buyout clause of €400 million.[57]

On 7 January, Barcelona won against Levante 3–0, Ernesto Valverde's men kicked off the New Year in La Liga with an impressive team performance and goals from Messi, Suárez and Paulinho.[58]

On 11 January, Barcelona and Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras reached an agreement for the transfer of Yerry Mina for the remainder of the season and five more until June 30, 2023. The cost of the transfer was €11.8 million and his release clause was set at €100 million.[59]

On 11 January, Barcelona defeated Celta Vigo 5–0 (agg. 6–1) at the Camp Nou. Four goals in the first 31 minutes (2 from Messi and one each from Jordi Alba and Luis Suárez) got the job done early and Rakitic headed in a late fifth as the Catalans cruised into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.[60]

On 13 January, Barcelona and İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. agreed on a loan deal for Turkish midfielder Arda Turan for the remainder of the season and two more.[61]

On 14 January, Barcelona defeated Real Sociedad away at the Anoeta Stadium with a score of 2–4. This was the first time Barça beat La Real away since May 2007. Barça were 2–0 down at the 35th minute, until Paulinho scored Barça's first in the 39th minute. Suárez scored in the 50th and 71st minute, and Messi scored a free kick in the 85th minute to complete the comeback. [62]

On 17 January, Barcelona was defeated by Espanyol 1–0 away. Barça dominated in Cornellà but failed to find the net as the home side snatched a winner three minutes from the end.[63]

On 19 January, Barcelona and Sergi Roberto reached an agreement to renew his contract through to 30 June 2022.[64]

On 21 January, Barcelona beat Real Betis 0–5 away at the Estadio Benito Villamarín. Valverde’s men won in style with five second-half goals within 30 minutes as Rakitic, Messi (2), and Suárez (2) all found the net.[65]

On 22 January, Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement with Inter Milan for the loan of Rafinha until 30 June 2018. Inter has an option to purchase the player for €35M+€3M euros in variables, which must be confirmed before the end of the current season.[66]

On 25 January, Barcelona defeated Espanyol 2–0 (agg. 2–1) at home. Philippe Coutinho’s debut, and goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez brought the Camp Nou to its feet as Barça reached the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.[67]

On 28 January, Barcelona beat Alavés 2–1 at home. Barça equaled a club record by going unbeaten in first 21 league games of the season thanks to a second half comeback win with goals from Suárez and Messi.[68]

On 29 January, Gerard Piqué renewed his contract through to 30 June 2022.[69]

February[edit]

On 1 February, Barcelona defeated Valencia 1–0 at the Camp Nou. A Luis Suárez header broke the deadlock in a frustrating encounter.[70]

On 4 February, Barcelona were held by Espanyol to a 1–1 draw away at the RCDE Stadium. Gerard Moreno's opener was cancelled out by a towering header from Gerard Piqué in a torrential downpour.[71] This draw marked the 22nd consecutive unbeaten game in the league for Barcelona, which is a new club record, beating the previous record of 21 games under Pep Guardiola in the 2009–10 season.[72]

On 8 February, Barcelona defeated Valencia 0–2 (0-3 on aggregate) at the Mestalla. Coutinho claimed first goal in a blaugrana jersey and Rakitic added a second to send the Catalans into the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on April 21[73]

On 11 February, Barcelona drew with Getafe 0–0 at the Camp Nou. The Blaugranas couldn't break down the team from Madrid's resolute defending in a hard-fought game with few clear-cut chances.[74]

On 17 February, Barcelona beat Eibar 0–2 at Ipurua. Goals from Luis Suárez and Jordi Alba secured three hard-earned points in the Basque Country to match the Club record unbeaten run in La Liga.[75]

On 20 February, Barcelona drew with Chelsea 1–1 at Stamford Bridge. Iniesta-Messi connection canceled out Willian’s opener to set up an enticing second leg at Camp Nou in three weeks' time.[76]

On 24 February, Barcelona defeated Girona 6–1 at the Camp Nou. A hat-trick from Suárez, two goals from Messi plus a Coutinho special helped Barça to an exciting win over an opponent who took the lead and were always willing to get forward themselves.[77]

March[edit]

On 1 March, Barcelona were held by Las Palmas to a 1–1 draw away from home. A wondrous Messi free kick puts the Catalans in command but the Islanders leveled up from the spot.[78]

On 4 March, Barcelona won against Atlético Madrid 1-0 at home. Another Lionel Messi special was enough for Barça to see off determined opponents who fought for the win right to the very end.[79]

On 7 March, Barcelona defeated Espanyol at the Camp d'Esports in Lleida. The third edition of the Supercopa de Catalunya went down to penalties in Lleida, and the Blaugrana made no mistake and brought the trophy home.[80]

On 10 March, Barcelona won against Málaga 0-2 away. Fabulous first half goals from Suárez and Coutinho were enough to secure a comfortable victory in a top-against-bottom clash.[81]

On 11 March, FC Barcelona confirmed that an agreement had been reached with Grêmio for the purchase option of Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo. If Barcelona exercises the option in July 2018, the transfer will cost €30m plus €9m in added variables.[82]

On 14 March, Barcelona won against Chelsea 3–0 (agg. 4–1). Dembélé notched his debut goal and Messi scored his 99th and 100th career Champions League goals as Barça went through to the last eight for a record-extending 11th straight season.[83]

On 18 March, Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao 2–0 at the Camp Nou. A scintillating first-half display from the Blaugranes secured a comfortable 2–0 win with goals from Alcácer and Messi at the Camp Nou.[84]

On 31 March, Barcelona recorded a heart-stopping 2–2 draw at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Two late goals from Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi earned a draw for Barça after Sevilla had opened up a two-goal lead through Franco Vázquez and Luis Muriel.[85]

April[edit]

On 4 April, Barça took a 4–1 aggregate lead into the second leg after two own goals by Roma and a third from Gerard Piqué; Edin Dzeko answered for Roma before Luis Suárez added some late insurance.[86]

On 7 April, Barca defeated Leganes 3–1 drawing level with the joint-record of 38 unbeaten games set by Real Sociedad[87], thanks to a Messi hat-trick.[88]

On 10 April, Barça lost 3–0 to Roma. Goals from Džeko, De Rossi and Manolas allowed the Italians to turn around a three-goal deficit and qualify for the semi-finals on the away goals rule.[89]

On 14 April, Barca defeated València 2–1 with goals from Luis Suárez and Samuel Umtiti that secured the longest unbeaten streak (39) in La Liga history.[90]

On 17 April, ten-man Barça held on for a 2–2 draw with Celta Vigo at Balaídos. Ousmane Dembélé scored his first La Liga goal and Paco Alcácer got the other. Sergi Roberto was sent off in the 71st minute but Barca held on to remain unbeaten in the league.[91]

On 21 April, Barcelona cruised to their fourth consecutive Copa del Rey title as they beat Sevilla 5-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano. The goals were scored by Luis Suarez(2), Messi, Iniesta and Coutinho.[92]

On 27 April, Andrés Iniesta announced that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season after 22 incredible years. Iniesta, a World Cup winner with Spain, won nine La Liga titles alongside four Champions League wins and six Copa del Rey crowns.[93]

On 29 April, Barcelona defeated Deportivo La Coruna 2-4 to win their 25th La Liga title. Coutinho scored the opening goal before Messi sealed the title with a hatrick.[94]

May[edit]

On 6 May, 10-man Barcelona held on for a dramatic 2-2 draw in El Clasico against Real Madrid to extend their unbeaten streak in the league. Luis Suarez and Leo Messi scored the goals for Barca which were cancelled out by goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Sergi Roberto was sent off in first-half injury time following an altercation with Marcelo.[95]

On 9 May, a much changed Barcelona side defeated Villareal 5-1. Barca's new signings Coutinho, Paulinho and Dembele(2) were all on target with Messi getting the other goal.[96]

On 13 May, Barcelona's unbeaten run came to the end when they lost to Levante 4-5. Barcelona mounted a spirited comeback after trailing 1-5 but fell agonizingly short. The only bright spot in the game was a hat trick by Philippe Coutinho. The other goal was scored by Luis Suarez from the penalty spot. [97]

On 20 May, Barcelona defeated Real Sociedad 1-0 in Iniesta's final game as a Barcelona player. The only goal of the game was a breathtaking strike from Iniesta's heir apparent - Coutinho. Iniesta received a standing ovation from the Camp Nou when he was substituted in the 82nd minute. This game also marked the last appearance for Real Sociedad legend Xabi Prieto.[98]

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK Germany Ter Stegen 26 EU 2014 131 0 2022 €12M
2 RB Portugal N. Semedo 25 EU 2017 26 0 2021 €30M
3 CB Spain Piqué (3rd vice-captain) 31 EU 2008 435 38 2022 €5M Originally from Youth system
4 MF Croatia I. Rakitic 30 EU 2014 204 30 2021 €18M
5 MF Spain Sergio (2nd vice-captain) 30 EU 2008 473 13 2021 YS
6 MF Spain Denis Suárez 24 EU 2016 56 6 2020 €3.25M Originally from Youth system
8 MF Spain A. Iniesta (captain) 34 EU 2002 674 57 lifetime YS
9 FW Uruguay Suárez 31 EU 2014 187 145 2021 €81M Second nationality: Italy
10 FW Argentina Messi (vice-captain) 31 EU 2004 637 552 2021 YS Second nationality: Spain
11 FW France O. Dembélé 21 EU 2017 13 2 2022 €105M
13 GK Netherlands Cillessen 29 EU 2016 19 0 2021 €13M
14 MF Brazil Coutinho 26 Non-EU 2018 12 3 2023 €120M
15 MF Brazil Paulinho 30 Non-EU 2017 41 8 2021 €40M
17 FW Spain Paco Alcácer 25 EU 2016 44 14 2021 €30M
18 LB Spain Jordi Alba 29 EU 2012 237 12 2020 €14M Originally from Youth system
19 LB France Digne 25 EU 2016 44 2 2021 €16.5M
20 RB Spain S. Roberto 26 EU 2010 193 7 2022 YS
21 MF Portugal André Gomes 25 EU 2016 74 3 2021 €35M
22 RB Spain Aleix Vidal 29 EU 2015 50 4 2020 €18M Originally from Youth system
23 CB France Umtiti 25 EU 2016 76 1 2021 €25M
24 CB Colombia Yerry Mina 24 Non-EU 2018 2 0 2023 €11.8M
25 CB Belgium Vermaelen 33 EU 2014 37 1 2019 €15M

From youth squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26 Spain MF Carles Aleñá
27 Spain FW Carles Pérez
28 Spain MF Ferrán Sarsanedas
29 Spain FW Abel Ruiz
30 Spain MF Oriol Busquets
31 Spain GK Adrián Ortolá
33 Spain DF Sergi Palencia
No. Position Player
34 Spain DF Dani Morer
35 Spain DF Rodrigo Tarín
36 Spain DF Marc Cucurella
37 Spain FW José Arnáiz
39 Spain DF David Costas
40 Spain MF Iñigo Ruiz de Galarreta
41 Spain DF Jorge Cuenca

Players in[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
DF Brazil Douglas 26 Non-EU Sporting Gijón Loan return Summer 2019 Free FCBarcelona.com
25 DF Belgium Thomas Vermaelen 31 EU Italy Roma Loan return Summer 2019 Free FCBarcelona.com
MF Spain Sergi Samper 22 EU Granada Loan return Summer 2019 Free FCBarcelona.com
FW Spain Munir 21 EU Valencia Loan return Summer 2019 Free FCBarcelona.com
24 DF Brazil Marlon Santos 21 Non-EU Brazil Fluminense Transfer Summer 2020 €5M FCBarcelona.com
16 FW Spain Gerard Deulofeu 23 EU England Everton Transfer Summer 2019 €12M FCBarcelona.com
2 DF Portugal Nélson Semedo 23 EU Portugal Benfica Transfer Summer 2021 €30M[a] FCBarcelona.com
15 MF Brazil Paulinho 29 Non-EU China Guangzhou Evergrande Transfer Summer 2021 €40M FCBarcelona.com
11 FW France Ousmane Dembélé 20 EU Germany Borussia Dortmund Transfer Summer 2022 €105M+€40M FCBarcelona.com
14 MF Brazil Philippe Coutinho 25 Non-EU England Liverpool Transfer Winter 2023 €120M+€40M FCBarcelona.com
24 DF Colombia Yerry Mina 23 Non-EU Brazil Palmeiras Transfer Winter 2023 €11.8M FCBarcelona.com
MF Spain Sergi Samper 23 EU Las Palmas Loan return Winter 2019 Free UDLasPalmas.es

Total spending: Decrease €323.8 million

Players out[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
25 GK Spain Jordi Masip 28 EU Real Valladolid Contract expired Summer Free RealValladolid.es
FW Spain Cristian Tello 25 EU Real Betis Transfer Summer €4M+€1M RealBetisBalompie.es
24 DF France Jérémy Mathieu 33 EU Portugal Sporting CP Contract termination Summer Free Sporting.pt
11 FW Brazil Neymar 25 EU France Paris Saint-Germain Transfer Summer €222M PSG.fr
MF Spain Sergi Samper 22 EU Las Palmas Loan Summer Free UDLasPalmas.es
24 CB Brazil Marlon Santos 21 Non-EU France Nice Loan Summer Free OGCNice.com
RB Brazil Douglas 27 Non-EU Portugal Benfica Loan Summer Free SLBenfica.pt
FW Spain Munir 21 EU Alavés Loan Summer Free DeportivoAlavés.com
7 MF Turkey Arda Turan 30 EU Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir Loan Winter Free IBFK.com.tr
12 MF Brazil Rafinha 25 EU Italy Internazionale Loan Winter Free Inter.it
14 DF Argentina Javier Mascherano 34 EU China Hebei China Fortune Transfer Winter €5.5M HebeiFootball.com
16 FW Spain Gerard Deulofeu 24 EU England Watford Loan Winter Free WatfordFC.com


Total income: Increase €231.5 million

Net: Decrease €92.3 million

Notes
  1. ^ Barcelona will pay extra 5 million euros for every 50 Semedo's future appearances for the club

Statistics[edit]

Squad appearances and goals[edit]

Last updated on 27 May 2018.
No. Pos Nat Player Total La Liga Champions League Copa del Rey Supercopa
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Germany Marc-André ter Stegen 48 0 37 0 9 0 0 0 2 0
13 GK Netherlands Jasper Cillessen 12 0 1 0 1 0 10 0 0 0
31 GK Spain Adrián Ortolá 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF Portugal Nélson Semedo 36 0 24 0 7 0 4 0 1 0
3 DF Spain Gerard Piqué 50 4 30 2 9 1 9 1 2 0
18 DF Spain Jordi Alba 46 3 33 2 6 0 5 1 2 0
19 DF France Lucas Digne 19 1 11 0 3 1 4 0 1 0
22 DF Spain Aleix Vidal 25 2 15 1 5 0 4 1 1 0
23 DF France Samuel Umtiti 41 1 25 1 9 0 5 0 2 0
24 DF Colombia Yerry Mina 6 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
25 DF Belgium Thomas Vermaelen 20 0 14 0 1 0 5 0 0 0
36 DF Spain Marc Cucurella 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
39 DF Spain David Costas 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Midfielders
4 MF Croatia Ivan Rakitić 56 4 35 1 10 1 9 2 2 0
5 MF Spain Sergio Busquets 50 1 31 1 10 0 7 0 2 0
6 MF Spain Denis Suárez 27 3 17 2 3 0 6 1 1 0
8 MF Spain Andrés Iniesta 45 3 31 1 8 0 5 2 1 0
14 MF Brazil Philippe Coutinho 23 11 18 8 0 0 5 3 0 0
15 MF Brazil Paulinho 49 9 34 9 9 0 6 0 0 0
20 MF Spain Sergi Roberto 46 1 29 1 8 0 7 0 2 0
21 MF Portugal André Gomes 31 0 15 0 9 0 6 0 1 0
26 MF Spain Carles Aleñá 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
30 MF Spain Oriol Busquets 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Forwards
9 FW Uruguay Luis Suárez 51 33 33 25 10 1 6 7 2 0
10 FW Argentina Lionel Messi 55 46 36 34 10 6 7 5 2 1
11 FW France Ousmane Dembélé 24 4 17 3 3 1 4 0 0 0
17 FW Spain Paco Alcácer 21 7 16 4 2 1 2 2 1 0
37 FW Spain José Arnaiz 5 3 1 0 0 0 4 3 0 0
Players who have made an appearance or had a squad number this season but have left the club
7 MF Turkey Arda Turan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 MF Brazil Rafinha 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
14 DF Argentina Javier Mascherano 12 0 7 0 2 0 2 0 1 0
16 FW Spain Gerard Deulofeu 16 2 9 1 3 0 2 1 2 0

Squad statistics[edit]

League Europe Cup Others Total Stats
Games played 38 10 9 2 59
Games won 28 6 7 0 41
Games drawn 9 3 1 0 13
Games lost 1 1 1 2 5
Goals scored 99 17 24 1 141
Goals conceded 29 6 2 5 42
Goal difference 70 11 22 -4 99
Clean sheets 19 6 6 0 31
Goal by Substitute 5 0 2 0 7
Total shots
Shots on target
Corners
Players used
Offsides
Fouls suffered
Fouls committed
Yellow cards 66 21 11 5 103
Red cards 2 1 0 0 3

Players Used: Barcelona has used a total of – different players in all competitions.

Goalscorers[edit]

No. Pos. Nation Name La Liga Champions League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Total
10 FW Argentina Messi 34 6 4 1 45
9 FW Uruguay Suárez 25 1 5 0 31
14 MF Brazil Coutinho 8 × 2 0 10
15 MF Brazil Paulinho 9 0 0 0 9
17 FW Spain Paco Alcácer 4 1 2 0 7
3 DF Spain Piqué 2 1 1 0 4
4 MF Croatia I. Rakitić 1 1 2 0 4
11 FW France O. Dembélé 3 1 0 0 4
6 MF Spain Denis Suárez 2 0 1 0 3
18 DF Spain Jordi Alba 2 0 1 0 3
37 FW Spain José Arnaiz 0 0 3 0 3
8 MF Spain A. Iniesta 1 0 1 0 2
22 DF Spain Aleix Vidal 1 0 1 0 2
5 MF Spain Sergio 1 0 0 0 1
19 DF France Digne 0 1 0 0 1
20 MF Spain S. Roberto 1 0 0 0 1
23 DF France Umtiti 1 0 0 0 1
16 FW Spain Deulofeu 1 0 1 0 2
Own goals 3 5 0 0 8
TOTAL 99 17 24 1 141

Last updated: 9 May 2018[99]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player Against Result Date Competition
Argentina Messi Spain Espanyol 5–0 (H) 9 September 2017 La Liga
Argentina Messi4 Spain Eibar 6–1 (H) 19 September 2017 La Liga
Uruguay Suárez Spain Girona 6–1 (H) 24 February 2018 La Liga
Argentina Messi Spain Leganés 3–1 (H) 7 April 2018 La Liga
Argentina Messi Spain Deportivo La Coruña 4–2 (A) 29 April 2018 La Liga
Brazil Coutinho Spain Levante 4–5 (A) 13 May 2018 La Liga

(H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Clean sheets[edit]

Last updated on 17 April 2018.
Rank Name La Liga Copa del Rey Champions League Supercopa de España Total Games played
Germany Ter Stegen 18 0 5 0 23 44
Netherlands Cillessen 0 6 1 0 7 9
Total 18 6 6 0 30 53

Disciplinary record[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. Players listed below (excluding goalkeepers) made at least one appearance for Barcelona first squad during the season.

N P Nat. Name La Liga Champions League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Total Notes
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card
2 DF Portugal N. Semedo 1 3 4
3 DF Spain Piqué 8 1 1 1 10 1
4 MF Croatia I. Rakitić 3 1 1 5
5 MF Spain Sergio 7 1 1 1 10
8 MF Spain A. Iniesta 1 1 2
9 FW Uruguay Suárez 6 2 2 1 11
10 FW Argentina Messi 3 2 1 1 7
11 FW France O. Dembélé 2 2
14 MF Brazil Coutinho 1 1
15 MF Brazil Paulinho 2 1 3
18 DF Spain Jordi Alba 6 2 8
19 DF France Digne 2 1 3
20 MF Spain S. Roberto 3 2 2 1 6 2
21 MF Portugal André Gomes 1 1 1 3
22 DF Spain Aleix Vidal 1 1
23 DF France Umtiti 7 7
24 DF Colombia Yerry Mina 1 1
25 DF Belgium Vermaelen 2 1 3
37 DF Spain José Arnaiz 1 1
14 MF Argentina Mascherano 1 1
16 FW Spain Deulofeu 1 1

Last updated: 9 May 2018
Source: ESPNFC.com, FCBarcelona.com
Ordered by Red card, Second yellow card and Yellow card
Yellow card = Number of bookings; Second yellow card = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card; Red card = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

Injury record[edit]

N P Nat. Name Type Status Source Match Inj. Date Ret. Date
8 MF Spain A. Iniesta Thigh injury Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Real Madrid 16 August 2017 24 August 2017
3 DF Spain Piqué Groin strain (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Real Madrid 16 August 2017 26 August 2017
9 FW Uruguay Suárez Knee injury (posterior articular capsule distention in right leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Real Madrid 16 August 2017 31 August 2017
7 MF Turkey Arda Hamstring strain (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Croatia with Turkey 5 September 2017 18 September 2017
20 MF Spain S. Roberto Knee injury (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com in training 8 September 2017 12 September 2017
11 FW France O. Dembélé Femoral bicep tendon rupture (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Getafe 16 September 2017 2 January 2018
8 MF Spain A. Iniesta Hamstring strain (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Las Palmas 1 October 2017 13 October 2017
7 MF Turkey Arda Bruised metatarsal Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Iceland with Turkey 6 October 2017 20 October 2017
18 DF Spain Jordi Alba Hamstring injury Recovery icon.png FCB.com in training 17 October 2017 27 October 2017
22 DF Spain Aleix Vidal Ankle injury Recovery icon.png FCB.com in training October 2017 7 October 2017
7 MF Turkey Arda Ankle injury Recovery icon.png FCB.com in training October 2017 6 December 2017
8 MF Spain A. Iniesta Hamstring strain (in right leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com in training 27 October 2017 3 November 2017
25 DF Belgium Vermaelen Hip injury Recovery icon.png FCB.com in training 27 October 2017 29 October 2017
20 MF Spain S. Roberto Hamstring strain (in right leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Olympiacos 31 October 2017 28 November 2017
21 MF Portugal André Gomes Thigh injury (in right leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Olympiacos 31 October 2017 1 December 2017
14 DF Argentina Mascherano Hamstring injury (in right leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Nigeria with Argentina 14 November 2017 17 December 2017
23 DF France Umtiti Hamstring injury (in right leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Celta Vigo 2 December 2017 20 January 2018
8 MF Spain A. Iniesta Muscle fatigue (in left calf) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Celta Vigo 2 December 2017 17 December 2017
16 MF Spain Deulofeu Strained ligaments (in left knee) Recovery icon.png FCB.com in training 15 December 2017 29 December 2017
17 FW Spain Paco Alcácer Muscular injury (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Deportivo 17 December 2017 24 January 2018
14 MF Brazil Coutinho Muscular injury (in right thigh) Recovery icon.png FCB.com in training with Liverpool 30 December 2017 24 January 2018
11 FW France O. Dembélé Hamstring injury (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Real Sociedad 14 January 2018 10 February 2018
8 MF Spain A. Iniesta Calf injury (in right leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com in training 14 January 2018 24 January 2018
14 DF Argentina Mascherano Thigh injury (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com in training 16 January 2018 January 2018
25 DF Belgium Vermaelen Hamstring injury (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Real Betis 21 January 2018 17 February 2018
MF Spain Samper Fractured malleolus (in left ankle) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Eibar with Las Palmas 6 January 2018 12 July 2018
2 DF Portugal N. Semedo Hamstring injury (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Girona 24 February 2018 30 March 2018
8 MF Spain A. Iniesta Calf injury (in right leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Atlético Madrid 4 March 2018 13 March 2018
6 MF Spain Denis Suárez Groin strain (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Espanyol 7 March 2018 30 March 2018
5 MF Spain Sergio Fractured toe (in right leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Chelsea 14 March 2018 3 April 2018
19 DF France Digne Thigh injury (in left leg) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Colombia with France 23 March 2018 16 April 2018
4 MF Croatia I. Rakitić Fractured finger (in left hand) Recovery icon.png FCB.com vs Roma 10 April 2018 21 April 2018

Injury icon 2.svg - Player is injured
Recovery icon.png - Player has recovered from injury
Last updated: 16 April 2018
Source: FCBarcelona.com

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

International Champions Cup[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Joan Gamper Trophy[edit]

Supercopa de Catalunya[edit]

Competitions[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Overview[edit]

Competition First match Last match Starting round Final position Record
Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
La Liga 20 August 2017 20 May 2018 Matchday 1 Winners 38 28 9 1 99 29 +70 073.68
Copa del Rey 24 October 2017 21 April 2018 Round of 32 Winners 9 7 1 1 24 2 +22 077.78
Supercopa de España 13 August 2017 16 August 2017 Final Runners-up 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 000.00
Champions League 12 September 2017 10 April 2018 Group stage Quarter-finals 10 6 3 1 17 6 +11 060.00
Total 59 41 13 5 141 42 +99 069.49

Last updated: 20 May 2018 (2018-05-20).
Source: Competitions

La Liga[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona (C) 38 28 9 1 99 29 +70 93 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Atlético Madrid 38 23 10 5 58 22 +36 79
3 Real Madrid 38 22 10 6 94 44 +50 76
4 Valencia 38 22 7 9 65 38 +27 73
5 Villarreal 38 18 7 13 57 50 +7 61 Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]
Source: La Liga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Fair-play points (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played)[100]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the winners of the 2017–18 Copa del Rey, Barcelona, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the sixth-placed team and the spot awarded to the sixth-placed team (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the seventh-placed team.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 28 9 1 99 29  +70 93 16 3 0 53 11  +42 12 6 1 46 18  +28

Last updated: 20 May 2018 (2018-05-20).
Source: LaLiga

Results by round[edit]

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH
ResultWWWWWWWDWWWWDDWWWWWWWDDWWDWWWDWWDWWDLW
Position22111111111111111111111111111111111111
Updated to match(es) played on 20 May 2018 (2018-05-20). Source: LaLiga
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matchday[edit]

Copa del Rey[edit]

Round of 32[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

Supercopa de España[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAR JUV SPO OLY
1 Spain Barcelona 6 4 2 0 9 1 +8 14 Advance to knockout phase 3–0 2–0 3–1
2 Italy Juventus 6 3 2 1 7 5 +2 11 0–0 2–1 2–0
3 Portugal Sporting CP 6 2 1 3 8 9 −1 7 Transfer to Europa League 0–1 1–1 3–1
4 Greece Olympiacos 6 0 1 5 4 13 −9 1 0–0 0–2 2–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]
Quarter-finals[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
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  2. ^ The match against Las Palmas, which was played behind closed doors, is not included in this total.
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External links[edit]